Improving the Energy Efficiency of Alaska Seafood Processing Plants
After labor costs, utility bills often are the biggest expense for a seafood processor. Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program (MAP), in partnership with the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and UAF’s Institute of Northern Engineering (INE), is assisting the Alaska seafood industry to better understand the use of energy in their plants, identify energy conservation and efficiency opportunities, and increase savings.
Project services include:
- UAF INE engineers are offering a detailed energy audit service program for large-scale seafood processors.
- For small and medium-sized operations, a basic energy audit do-it-yourself kit to measure power consumption of production line equipment and provide data to evaluate line efficiency and product form production costs is available for loan through MAP.
- Results and best practices from the use of the energy audit kits and the energy audit service will be posted here as soon as they become available.
Audits began during the 2010 summer season with two salmon processing plants in Southcentral Alaska. More recently, two more energy audits were conducted in Kodiak during the 2011 cod and pollock season. Other species processing system audits (e.g., crab, pollock, etc.) were conducted during the summer of 2011 in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and the Alaska Peninsula.
DIY Audit Kits - Do-it-yourself audit kits are now available. Contact Chuck Crapo for more information.
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